Dec 31, 2020

A Look in the Rear View Mirror: The Top 10s of 2020

By Jessica Duffy - USEA Staff
USEA/Leslie Mintz Photo.

2020 was a year unlike any that the eventing community has experienced before. The COVID-19 pandemic caused competitions to halt for three months, and when we were able to resume events, the landscape looked quite different. While there were many aspects of 2020 that were challenging, we are so grateful that we still have the opportunity to participate in the sport we all love, and we want to take a moment to reflect on a few of the highlights from this year.

The USEA published more than 700 articles on the website this year on topics ranging from horse health, rider fitness, and training tips to volunteers, conformation critiques, and the stories of our members. Take a look at the top 10 articles we published this year:

Top 10 USEA Educational Articles

  1. One Grid, Four Exercises with Mary Schwentker
  2. Conditioning the Event Horse at the Novice and Training Levels
  3. Four Actions the USEA Cross-Country Safety Subcommittee is Taking to Minimize Risk
  4. Conformation Critique with Chris Ryan: Burning Thyme
  5. How Strong is Your Beginner Novice Game?
  6. Conformation Critique with Chris Ryan: At The Moment
  7. Grid Pro Quo with Richard Picken
  8. The New Normal: Eventing in the Age of COVID-19
  9. Ten Exercises for Eventers to Train While Sheltering in Place
  10. Rule Refresher: Show Jumping Elimination

You can find more written articles on the USEA website under News.

In addition to written content, the USEA maintains a collection of educational and informational videos on U.S. Eventing TV that members can take advantage of. Here are the USEA's top 10 most viewed videos in 2020:

Top 10 USEA Videos

1. USEA 2018 USEF Beginner Novice Test A

2.Rider Fitness Exercises with Laura Crump Anderson

3. USEA 2018 USEF Beginner Novice Test B

4. USEA 2018 USEF Novice Test A

5. Volunteer Jump Judges Part 1: Introduction

6. Conformation Critique: Luprian

7. USEF & USEA Joint Webinar for Eventing: A Safe Return to Competition

8. Volunteer Jump Judges Part 4: Judging Your Fence

9. Volunteer Jump Judges Part 2: Communicating with Control

10. A Day in the Life: Florida State Eventing

You can watch all of U.S. Eventing TV's videos here.

At the beginning of 2020, the USEA debuted an updated USEA Official Podcast with a new look and feel for a new decade! Partnering with EquiRatings Eventing Podcast and Nicole Brown Media, the USEA Official Podcast was published on a bi-weekly basis, bringing episodes jam-packed with interviews, special guests, tips and tricks from top professionals, and more. Listen in to our top 10 most listened to podcast episodes of 2020!

Top 10 USEA Official Podcasts

1. #263: Producing a Young Horse with Lauren Nicholson & Max Corcoran

2. #254: Sports Psychology Special with Daniel Stewart

3. #257: Top Tips from Top Grooms

4. #250: The One Where We All Meet

5. #265: Down the Centerline

6. #255: Checking in From Self-Isolation

7. #251: Buck, Wellington, and All Things USEA

8. #256: Coach Sando on Rider Fitness for Performance

9. #264: Great Meadow International Preview

10. #258: Getting Back to Business

You can subscribe to the USEA Official Podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, PodBean, or Stitcher, or click here to check out the episode list on the USEA website.

The USEA has an active presence on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, bringing all kinds of eventing content straight to your favorite social media platform. Check out the top 10 posts that our 55,000 followers on Instagram liked best this year:

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We look forward to seeing you out and about at an event in 2021!

Our membership is what keeps the USEA alive and we always welcome feedback from our members. Have an idea for an article for the USEA website or Eventing USA magazine? Want to contribute an article of your own? Email Jessica Duffy at [email protected] to share your ideas and stories!

May 14, 2021 Competitions

Weekend Quick Links: May 14-16, 2021

Are you following along with the action from home this weekend? Or maybe you're competing at an event and need information fast. Either way, we’ve got you covered! Check out the USEA’s Weekend Quick Links for links to information including the prize list, ride times, live scores, and more for all the events running this weekend.

May 14, 2021 Interscholastic

Announcing the IEL Team Spotlight Series

The USEA would like to feature your IEL team! The USEA Interscholastic Eventing League (IEL) is in its first year and currently has 82 registered teams from every USEA area and 46 events hosting an interscholastic team challenge.

May 13, 2021 Sponsor

FITS Returns to Sponsor AEC, ATC, Intercollegiate, and Classic Series

The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is thrilled to welcome back longtime sponsor, FITS Riding, Ltd. for 2021. They are returning as a Bronze Level Sponsor of the 2021 USEA American Eventing Championships presented by Nutrena Feeds, a Contributing Level Sponsor of the 2021 USEA Adult Team Championships, a Contributing Level Sponsor of the 2021 USEA Classic Series, and a Contributing Level Sponsor of the 2021 USEA Intercollegiate Eventing Championships. As a sponsor of these USEA programs, FITS Riding will generously provide gift certificates as prizes for the Intercollegiate championship competitors, AEC and ATC competitors, and Classic Series winners.

May 13, 2021 Classic Series

Memories from the Vet Box with Kerry Millikin

“I wouldn’t trade it for anything, it was an amazing experience.” Twenty-five years ago, Kerry Millikin and her off-the-track Thoroughbred gelding, Out and About (who was only 8 years old at the time) won the individual Olympic bronze medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, making her one of five females to have earned an individual Olympic medal for the U.S.

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